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what exactly is..

folic acid.. i went to the store to buy iron pills, and i ended up with folic acid bcuz i had a brain fart and forgot exactl what i was gonna get.. so what is it?

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Asked by MommaBear1129 at 1:59 AM on Jul. 14, 2009 in Health

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  • Folic acid comes in several forms. It is known by the following names, folate, leucovorin calcium, folinate calcium, folacin, folate sodium and vitamin M. Folic acid is an integral component of several enzymatic functions in the human body. It is also vital to the formation of red blood cells and without it the development of bone marrow would be stunted. Folic acid is also useful in the proper functioning of the entire central nervous system. However, folic acid’s perhaps most important function is in growth and reproduction. Without folic acid, the manufacture of nucleic acids - the stuff cells are made of - would not be possible.

    Answer by Alysia_Moore at 2:02 AM on Jul. 14, 2009

  • The dietary sources for folic acid are primarily the green, leafy vegetables. You can also find high concentrations of folic acid in liver and mushrooms. All the root vegetables are excellent sources of folic acid, as are nuts, dried beans and peas. Folic acid can also be found in oranges and nuts. Egg yolks provide and optimal source of folic acid as well.

    Answer by Alysia_Moore at 2:02 AM on Jul. 14, 2009


    Answer by Alysia_Moore at 2:03 AM on Jul. 14, 2009

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